The bill would allow the SEC to impose a maximum $1 million penalty on individuals per violation for the most serious offenses and a maximum $10 million per violation on financial firms. Those levels would be an increase from the current $181,071 for individuals and $905,353 for firms. The measure also would give the SEC latitude to triple the cap for repeat offenders.
Currently, the SEC can levy a penalty equal to the gross amount of ill-gotten gains if an enforcement case goes to federal court. The legislation would permit the SEC to pursue the larger fines through its administrative process.
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